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Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 2GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review
Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 2GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review - PCSTATS
DDR3 memory is all the hype right now, particularly with Intel's X38 chipset making waves. Crucial's entry into the enthusiast class DDR3 memory line the 2GB Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory kit.
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Crucial DDR3 Ballistix Overclocked

Overclocking Results:
7-7-7-20 8-8-8-20
memory speed:


1780 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Overclocking DDR3 memory is still somewhat of an adventure for us here at PCSTATS because it's still pretty new. The Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory was installed onto an Asus BLITZ Extreme (Intel P35 Express/DDR3) motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor. Before the overclocking began, the CPU clock multiplier was first set to 6x so it would not limit the memory.

The Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory would not run with tight 7-7-7-20 timings, so overclocking tests were only performed at stock settings.

Starting at 333 MHz, with loose memory timings, the Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory speed was overclocked in 5 MHz increments. Without any problems the memory hit 400 MHz FSB, or 1600 MHz memory operating frequency, without having to increase the voltage. At 420 MHz FSB the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory would cause the system to crash while running 3D benchmarks, a clear sign the memory is clocked too high.

Increasing the memory voltage to 1.8V (stock voltage of the Crucial Ballistix memory) solved that issue and allowed the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory to reach higher.

To get to 430 MHz, the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 required a bit more voltage, this time to 1.9V. In the end, the Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory achieved a maximum overclock of 1780 MHz or 445 MHz. Anything higher and the memory would not play nice with the system, crashing here and there. Increasing the voltage didn't seem to help, though PCSTATS did try as far as 2.2V.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 DDR3 memory test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this pair of PC3-12800 DDR3 memory is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

DDR3 Test Methodology

On Intel Socket 775 Core 2 Duo test systems, we're only interested in seeing how high we can go with the DDR3 memory running 1:2, as running with other dividers puts the overclocking bottleneck elsewhere and not with the system memory. The DDR3 RAM latency must run at its lowest possible setting, as quick access is more important to the CPU design. Just for arguments sake, we will also be conducting overclocking tests to see how high the memory will go with lax timings (8-8-8-24), although we will only benchmark the system with the tight memory timings if the memory supports them. In this case, the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory did not.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system

intel Core 2 Duo E6750

Clock Speed:

8 x 333 MHz = 2.66 GHz


Asus BLITZ EXTREME (Intel P35 Express / DDR3)



Memory: 2GB Kit Corsair DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)
2GB Kit Super Talent W1866UX2G8 (DDR3)
2GB Kit Mushkin HP-10666 (DDR3)
2GB Kit Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 (DDR3)
Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF
nVIDIA Forceware 162.22


SiSoft Sandra XI
Doom 3
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

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Contents of Article: Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8
 Pg 1.  Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 2GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review
 Pg 2.  Understanding the Basics of DDR3 Memory
 Pg 3.  — Crucial DDR3 Ballistix Overclocked
 Pg 4.  DDR3 Memory Benchmarks: Sandra XI, WinRAR, PCMark05
 Pg 5.  DDR3 Memory Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 6.  Max Memory Overclocking Chart and Conclusions

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